Amicus Curiae

The following articles were also published in BusinessWorld.

Genie Celini D. Nuevo

February 24, 2015

WITH the ASEAN Integration, the Philippines can expect an influx of international transactions, with concomitant obligations and contracts, and potential disputes and litigations. With our already clogged judicial dockets, and the expectations of foreign parties who might be used to different, perhaps even non-adversarial methods of settling disputes, this will present a profound challenge to... Read More

Kurt T. Yeung

February 18, 2015

IMAGINE YOU HAVE a product that you want to sell. You try to create a trademark that could go with it. You experiment with words and signs, logos and cartoons, but nothing seems to fit. Then, you hit upon an idea: why not use your name? It looks good in a certain typeface. It also sounds nice -- according to you (and a friend you annoyed with repeated recitations of your name). So you have your... Read More

January 07, 2015

FOR MOST of us, the recently concluded holidays meant enduring crowded malls and waiting in long lines to shop for gifts for our loved ones. Christmas is, after all, the season of giving, and many of us go through great lengths to make the experience of gift-giving special. In the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, however, some of us would purchase the wrong items or buy defective products... Read More

December 18, 2014

OF A RELATIVELY recent vintage, a seemingly innocuous proxy has become a subject of a judicial controversy. A proxy is a formal authority given by a stockholder empowering another to exercise his right to vote. It is a special form of agency, and a proxy holder is in the eye of the law an agent and as such a fiduciary. The Corporation Code of the Philippines recognizes voting by proxy in all... Read More

December 02, 2014

PREVALENT IS the practice by certain banks and credit card companies of issuing unsolicited credit cards to the public. One would often be surprised to receive from a bank or any credit card company a credit card, without even actually applying for one. The credit card would be complete with the intended recipient’s full name and address. Without the recipient ever using it, the next thing he... Read More

November 25, 2014

THE ASIA Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) 63rd Council Meeting was held in Penang, Malaysia, this month. The APAA is a nongovernment organization that aims to promote and enhance intellectual property rights protection in Asia. Made up of the region’s prominent legal practitioners of intellectual property law, the APAA’s members meet annually to network with each other and to share... Read More

November 18, 2014

THE ASTOUNDING developments in information and communications technology have redefined not only our way of living but also our manner of doing things. From manual recording, we now choose electronic encoding. From face-to-face meetings, we now prefer virtual conferences. The convenience and efficiency brought about by these technological advances caused the shift toward the use of electronic... Read More

November 11, 2014

WE LIVE IN A TIME where everything can be accessed through the World Wide Web. With the use of high-tech gadgets, phones are no longer used for mere communication, but also for different transactions such as online banking, online shopping and the like. In keeping with the advances in technology, the government has also updated its laws and regulations to govern these kinds of online transactions... Read More

October 23, 2014

A SILENT WAR has been raging in the Davao Regions of Mindanao. Like many wars, this sprung from a craving -- a craving for bananas by Japan, China, New Zealand, East Asia, and the Middle East. This insatiable demand for bananas has been causing a banana-growing frenzy, especially in the Davao Regions. Thus, in 1998, the Philippines became the fourth largest producer of bananas worldwide. By 2007... Read More

October 07, 2014

EVER DREAMT of having your own business in addition to your eight-to-four job but is saddled with the idea of having to undergo the tedious process of business registration and payment of huge taxes? Worry no more. With the enactment of Republic Act 10644, or the Go Negosyo Act, entrepreneurs now have the answer to their start-up dream. The Go Negosyo Act encourages the stablishment of micro,... Read More